College Football Recaps: Group of Five Game Rankings, Week 2

College Football Recaps: Group of Five Game Rankings, Week 2


College Football Recaps: Group of Five Game Rankings, Week 2


The quick recaps and ranking all of the Group of Five – American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Independent, Sun Belt – Week 2 college football games
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Army 37, ULM 7

Army got out to a 14-0 lead on short touchdown runs from Christian Anderson and Sandon McCoy, but the D gave up its first points of the year as ULM rolled for a 64-yard scoring drive with a Colby Suits touchdown pass to close the gap. Army scored 23 unanswered points with another Anderson scoring run and two long dashes from FB Jakobi Buchanan.

Player of the Game: Army RBs Jakobi Buchanan and Christian Anderson combined for 201 yards and four scores on 32 carries.

Stat of the Game: Rushing Yards: Army 436 – ULM 37

USF 27, The Citadel 6

New USF head coach Jeff Scott got his first win with a blocked punt for a touchdown and a ten-yard scoring catch from DeVontres Dukes in the first half enough for the win. The Citadel managed just two Colby Kintner field goals.

Player of the Game: USF LB Antonio Grier made 10 tackles with a sack and a forced fumble

Stat of the Game: Turnovers: The Citadel 3 – USF 0

Miami 31, UAB 14

Miami’s running game got rolling with a 66-yard Cam’Ron Harris touchdown dash in the first quarter, and it wasn’t stopped the rest of the way with the 337 yards the program’s biggest rushing day against an FBS team since 2014.

UAB had its chances to get back in it after a 7-0 lead, but after pulling within three in the second half, the Canes took over with two long touchdown drives to put it away. In his debut, new Miami QB D’Eriq King threw for 144 yards and a score and ran for 83 yards and a touchdown.

UAB Player of the Game: LB Noah Wilder made a game-high 15 tackles with a sack

Stat of the Game: Penalties: UAB 11 for 74 yards – Miami 3 for 30 yards

Louisville 35, WKU 21

WKU took an early lead off a Louisville mistakes – Gaej Walker ran for a one-yard score – and then Micale Cunningham took over. The Cardinal quarterback threw three touchdown passes including a 70-yarder to Dez Fitzpatrick on the way to a 35-14 lead. The Hilltoppers kept pressing, but were never able to get closer than two touchdowns after midway through the first half.

Player of the Game: Louisville QB Micale Cunningham completed 19-of-34 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns with a pick, and ran for 24 yards and a touchdown

Stat of the Game: Third Down Conversions: Louisville 9-of-16 – WKU 4-of-12

Appalachian State 35, Charlotte 20

Appalachian State got a big push only up 21-20 going into the fourth quarter, but it came up with two fourth quarter touchdown runs from Daetrich Harrington and the D held on. Charlotte scored first on a Tre Harbison touchdown run, and answered an App State 51-yard touchdown catch from Thomas Hennigan with a kickoff return for a score, but the offense only managed two field goals after the first quarter.

Player of the Game: Appalachian State RBs Marcus Williams, Camerun Peoples, and Daetrich Harrington combined to run for 279 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries

Stat of the Game: Rushing: Appalachian State 50 carries for 308 yards, 4 TDs – Charlotte 30 carries for 146 adds, 1 TD

Coastal Carolina 38, Kansas 23

Coastal Carolina roared out to a 28-0 lead with three Grayson McCall touchdown passes and a 12-yard scoring run, but Kansas showed some life with 17 straight points to make it interesting, highlighted by a 61-yard Velton Gardner touchdown run. The Chanticleers were able to stay ahead with a fourth quarter scoring run from McCall and a late field goal.

Player of the Game: Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall completed 11-of-18 passes for 133 yards and three scores, and he ran 11 times for 73 yards and two touchdowns

Stat of the Game: Turnovers: Kansas 3 – Coastal Carolina 0

Louisiana 31, Iowa State 14

Down 14-10, Louisiana scored 21 unanswered points to shock Iowa State on the road. Chris Smith returned a kickoff for a score, Eric Garror returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown, and Peter LeBlanc caught a 78-yard touchdown pass as the Ragin’ Cajuns hit the big plays, and the defense held the Cyclones to just two 2nd quarter touchdowns.

Player of the Game: Louisiana WR Peter LeBlanc helped the Ragin’ Cajuns take over the game with his score, leading the team with five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Stat of the Game: Total Yards: Iowa State 303 yards, Louisiana 272

Tulane 27, South Alabama 24

South Alabama was rolling along up 24-6 late in the third quarter, and then Tulane kicked it into high-gear with 21 unanswered points. QB Keon Howard ran for a touchdown early in the fourth to pull the Green Wave within five, and Amare Jones gave them the lead for good with a 16-yard dash with just over three minutes to play. South Alabama’s offense stalled late, but was great early helped by two Chance Lovertich touchdown passes.

Player of the Game: Tulane DE Cameron Sample made seven tackles with two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss

Stat of the Game: Third down conversions: South Alabama 4-of-14 – Tulane 1-of-11

Georgia Southern 27, Campbell 26

Georgia Southern held on for dear life with over 30 players held out. Down 20-6 in the second half, the Eagles scored 21 straight points with a 41-yard Shai Werts touchdown run giving them the lead, but Campbell roared back with a 20-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds to pull within one. The Camels went for two, misfired, and couldn’t get the onside kick after getting two cracks at it.

Player of the Game: Georgia Southern QB Shai Werts completed 7-of-13 passes for 53 yards and a score, and ran 14 times for 155 yards and a touchdown.

Stat of the Game: Penalties: Campbell 12 for 138 yards – USF 5 for 27 yards

Arkansas State 35, Kansas State 31

Layne Hatcher hit Jonathan Adams on a 17-yard touchdown pass with 38 seconds to play as Arkansas State and held on as the final Kansas State drive stalled. The Wildcats had a 21-7 lead in the first half, but couldn’t put it away. Adams came up with three touchdown grabs, the ASU offense cranked out 489 yards, and the defense stuffed the Wildcat running game for just 91 yards.

Player of the Game: Arkansas State WR Jonathan Adams caught eight passes for 98 yards and three touchdowns.

Stat of the Game: Third down conversions: Arkansas State 6-of-13 – Kansas State 1-of-11

UTSA 51, Texas State 48 2OT

Texas State’s Alan Orona missed a 20-yard field goal attempt in the second overtime, and UTSA’s Hunter Duplessis hit his 29-yard kick to close out an insane game with a wild finish. Texas State roared back from down 41-28 with a chance to take the lead in the final moments in regulation following a 91-yard Jeremiah Haydel punt return for a score to tie it at 41, but Orono missed the extra point to send the game into overtime.

QB Frank Harris ran for three scores and threw for another for the Roadrunners, but Bobcat quarterback Tyler Vitt kept on pressing with 346 yards and touchdown passes.

Player of the Game: UTSA RB Sincere McCormick ran 29 times for 197 yards and a score,

Stat of the Game: Penalties: UTSA 11 for 126 yards – Texas State 6 for 60 yards


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